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The Grange


The Grange is Barker's Field Studies Centre located in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains. The School community and others are welcome to stay at The Grange throughout the year when the school is not using the property.

The Grange is one of Mount Victoria's earliest buildings. It was built for William R. Piddington, colonial secretary to Sir Henry Parkes, on a 35 hectare holding in 1876. The home was designed by the well known architect John Horbury Hunt who made the most of the elevated position with magnificent views to the north. Many of the original fittings and much of the innate character of Hunt's design have been preserved: the charm of tall ceilings, the texture of sandstone and the warmth of timber combine to give The Grange a character all of its own. Barker acquired the property in 1989 and opened its Outdoor Education and Field Studies Centre. The Middle School Program runs throughout the year for Barker students. 

There are three buildings available for hire:

Bordering the World heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, The Grange is in close proximity of numerous activities including walks and the scenic attractions of Pulpit Rock, The Bushrangers' Cave, Ross Glen, Mt Piddington, Fairy Bower, Cox's Cave, Mitchell's Lookout, Berghoffer's Pass and Lawsons Long Alley. By car there is easy access to Mt York, the Zig Zag Railway, the famous gardens of Mt Wilson, Jenolan Caves, Cox's River, Lithgow and Hassan's Walls, Victoria Falls, Govett's Leap, the Megalong Valley and Newnes.